I was really looking forward to this show because Jeremy
Sisto starred in it, and it looked like a cool show. I did
enjoy it, but unfortunately, it was canceled before I had a
chance to review it. In fact, it was the first show canceled
this season, the first NEW show canceled, and so far, the
ONLY show canceled for the Fall. That's such a shame, but
apparently the ratings were very low.
I watched the first three episodes, and I did enjoy it,
but it was very uneven, so I can see why audiences might
have wanted to avoid it. The cast was great, and they
did a wonderful job. The writing was all over the place.
Sometimes it was very good, and at other times, the plot was
filled with cliches and tired tropes (the two detectives who
are partnered up even though they hate each other, but they
grow to respect one another; the detective who neglects his
family because he's so dedicated to the case; the serial
killer who wants attention in the media -- just to name a
few). The show took place in the 80's, but it didn't
really look or feel like that time period all that much,
aside from a few obvious things, like the teletype machine
at the police station. They often said things obviously from
the 80's, but they were just a little too obvious (a common
problem with shows set in the past 50 years, aside from "Mad
Men" and "The Americans").
I think the biggest problem, thought was that even though
Sisto was the hero trying to catch the killer, the killer
and his girlfriend were the focus of the story. I don't
think most people want to see serial killers as heroes.
We have a lot of violence and depravity on TV already --
there's a ton on cable, on channels like FX and Starz.
So far, shows like "Hannibal" and "The Following" have not
been getting good ratings. I don't think people want to see
that much of it on broadcast networks. They already have
"Criminal Minds" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" if
they want to see that. Honestly, "Wicked City" was not
even nearly as violent as those shows, either.
There are two other reason the show was endangered.
This summer we saw "Aquarius" on NBC - a show about a
detective trying to catch a serial killer, set in the
1970's. That is a very good show, and this one just
seems like a bit of a lame copy of that. Also, ABC is a very
family-friendly network. I'm surprised they even put a
serial killer show on TV in the first place. I don't think
they had much confidence in it, which is why it didn't make
the Fall schedule to begin with and was brought in late.
It's too bad because I really had hoped that Jeremy Sisto
would have a great and successful show! They should have
never canceled "Law & Order" with him in it. He was awesome
in that. I hope he gets another great show soon as well as
all of the other really good actors on this show.
You can still watch the episodes On Demand and on their
website. I believe there are at least 3 more episodes that
they'll air at some point.
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